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Singaporeans 'more doers than talkers', say experts

Reluctance to speak up more likely due to cultural trait: Experts

Published on Apr 5, 2014 8:29 AM
 

Singaporeans may not always be keen to speak up or like to air their views openly.

But the reluctance to do so is more likely due to a cultural trait than an inability to express themselves well.

That is the view of experts who were responding to a Member of Parliament who said people here fare poorly in spoken English and lack confidence in articulating their views.

"It is probably a habit for Singaporeans to do more and talk less, but we are surely in the know," said Mr David Leong, managing director of recruitment firm PeopleWorldwide.

 
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MORE DOING THAN TALKING

"It is probably a habit for Singaporeans to do more and talk less, but we are surely in the know."

- Mr David Leong, managing director of recruitment firm PeopleWorldwide

NON-CONFRONTATIONAL HABIT

"Saving face is a big thing here, and maybe Singaporeans avoid saying something because they feel it might lead to a confrontational discussion."

- Mr Simon Ranahan, a managing consultant at recruitment firm Chandler Macleod

LAG TIME DURING DISCUSSIONS

"In class, when teachers asked us for our opinions, there was always a lag time where everyone waited for someone else to speak up first."

- Nisha Baskar, 18, who will read chemistry at the National University of Singapore in August